POSTED: Friday, November 29, 2013 - 6:52pm
UPDATED: Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 12:14pm
Tyler, TX (KETK) — The day after Thanksgiving is not only black Friday, it also marks the beginning of the Christmas season. This means it's time to start decorating, so bring out the Christmas lights, wreaths, and garland. Let's not forget about the most important decoration of all though, the Christmas tree.
There is a variety of Christmas trees to choose from. These include synthetic trees, trees imported from out of state, and trees you can cut down yourself. Some families still prefer synthetic or pre-cut trees from lots, but 16% of Americans are cutting down their own tree.
This year, Nick Wiggins from Plantation Pines believes families are beginning to want real trees again. He says, "They're calling wanting to try a real tree. They've never had a real tree before, and this year they're wanting to try a real Christmas tree".
Christmas tree farms like Plantation Pines or Watson's, not only help families pick out a tree, but also help make memories. Wiggins says, "Times get hard, but people will go get a Christmas tree. They'll make sure that traditions happen". Whether it's taking a hay ride, playing hide 'n go seek around the farm, or even Christmas caroling, the tree is a symbol for these traditions.
Wiggins loves Christmas trees because, "When they see that tree in their home, they think about Christ. And it's pointing up towards heaven".
Plantation Pines planted 3,000 trees this season, and in the U.S. more than 33 million Christmas trees are sold each year. Wiggins says families seem to be starting earlier this year, "We've had people calling for 2 weeks now wanting Christmas trees".
KETK asked East Texans, what is your favorite part of the holidays? One response we received at the Christmas tree farm was, "This! Being with family".